Indiana education board faces contentious meeting

FILE - Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, shown in this June 10, 2013 file photo, as she talks about interruptions experienced by students taking ISTEP tests. Indiana education leaders are rapidly approaching a deadline to approve new education standards to replace the national Common Core standards, which lawmakers and Gov. Mike Pence agreed to ditch. But infighting between state schools chief Glenda Ritz and the state Board of Education is putting new standards at risk. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
FILE - Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, shown in this June 10, 2013 file photo, as she talks about interruptions experienced by students taking ISTEP tests. Indiana education leaders are rapidly approaching a deadline to approve new education standards to replace the national Common Core standards, which lawmakers and Gov. Mike Pence agreed to ditch. But infighting between state schools chief Glenda Ritz and the state Board of Education is putting new standards at risk. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s State Board of Education is gearing up for another showdown between Democratic schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s appointees and staff.

The board is set to consider a pair of resolutions dealing with control of the board during a meeting Wednesday.

Ritz said Tuesday that Pence’s staff is looking to “undermine” her efforts to maintain the state’s waiver from portions of the federal No Child Left Behind law. However, a spokeswoman for Pence’s education agency said that Ritz has jeopardized the state’s chances at keeping the waiver.

The latest fighting follows conflicts within the board last fall. Ritz walked out of a meeting and sued other board members after they circumvented her on a key decision about the state’s “A-F” school grading system.

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